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Ushkeem
⟨uckim⟩
[uʃ.kim]
Registered by Mitch on 25 December 2021
Language type Logical Language (Loglang)
Place & SpeakersUshkeem is spoken in interstellar space.
Species Human/humanoid
About Ushkeem

Welcome to Ushkeem!
¶āku fej ⟨uckim⟩.⁋
[a.ku fɛɰ̟ uʃ.kim]

Some features of this language:
• Traditionally written bottom-to-top, left-to-right
• May be written in any direction
• Extensive conscript
• Interesting number system
Sample of Ushkeem[view] ¶uk pul ⟨uckim⟩.⁋

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Language family relationships
Language treeIsolates
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Phonology
ConsonantsBilabialLabio-
dental
AlveolarPost-
Alveolar
VelarUvularGlottal
Nasal m   n   [ŋ]1    
Plosive p   t t̠   k [q]2 ʔ
Fricative   f s ʃ x [χ]3 h
Lateral approximant     l        
Approximant   ʋ [ɹ]4   ɰ̟    
Flap     ɾ        
Click     ǃ [ǃˀ]5        
  1. occurs when /n/ is before /k/ or /x/, allophone of /n/
  2. occurs when /k/ is after /ǃ/, allophone of /k/
  3. occurs when /x/ is after /ǃ/, allophone of /x/
  4. occurs when /ɾ/ is before a consonant or when /ɾ/ is at the end of a syllable, allophone of /ɾ/
  5. occurs when /ǃ/ is before a vowel, allophone of /ǃ/
VowelsFrontNear-
front
CentralNear-
back
Back
Close i (i:) (y)   ɨ   (ɯ) u
Near-close   (ɪ)   (ʊ)  
Close-mid e   (ɘ)   o
Mid (e̞)   ə   (o̞)
Open-mid ɛ       ɔ (ɔ̞)
Near-open (æ)        
Open a       ɒ
Syllable StructureC*V⁺C*

Max: (C)(C)(C)(C)V(V)(V)(V)(C)(C)(C)(C)
Stress informationAll vowels can be primarily (/ˈ/) or secondarily (/ˌ/) stressed.

Primary stress is marked with an acute accent (◌́).
Secondary stress is marked with a grave accent (◌̀).
OtherAll vowels can be marked with a circumflex accent (◌̂).
This raises the vowel, and it is only used in loan words.

Vowels are raised like the following:
/u/ → /ɯ/
/o/ → /ʊ/
/ɔ/ → /o̞/
/ɒ/ → /ɔ̞/
/ə/ → /ɘ/
/ɨ/ → /y/
/i/ → /i:/
/e/ → /ɪ/
/ɛ/ → /e̞/
/a/ → /æ/
Orthography
Below is the orthography for Ushkeem. This includes all graphemes as defined in the language's phonology settings - excluding the non-distinct graphemes/polygraphs.
 UshkeemOrthography [edit]
u
u
hu
/u/
ō
ō
/o/
o
o
ho
/ɔ/
a
a
ha
/ɒ/
œ
œ
/ə/
y
y
hy
/ɨ/
i
i
hi
/i/
ē
ē
/e/
e
e
he
/ɛ/
ā
ā
/a/
p
p
pœp
/p/
k
k
kœk
/k/, [q]1
m
m
mœm
/m/
n
n
nœn
/n/, [ŋ]2
t
t
tœt
/t/
d
d
dœd
/t̠/
s
s
sœs
/s/
c
c
cœc
/ʃ/
l
l
lœl
/l/
r
r
rœr
/ɾ/, [ɹ]3
f
f
fœf
/f/
w
w
wœw
/ʋ/
j
j
jœj
/ɰ̟/
x
x
xœx
/x/, [χ]4
✔ Shown in correct order [change]
  1. occurs when /k/ is after /ǃ/
  2. occurs when /n/ is before /k/ or /x/
  3. occurs when /ɾ/ is before a consonant or when /ɾ/ is at the end of a syllable
  4. occurs when /x/ is after /ǃ/
Additional NotesIf you're wondering why /h/, /ǃ/ and /ʔ/ aren't in the orthography, it's because in Ushkeem they aren't treated like regular phonemes.

The /h/-sound is used before a vowel at the beginning of a syllable to mark a "smooth" transition to the vowel it's standing before. Without /h/, two vowels next to each other could become a diphthong.
It is romanised as 〈h〉 and the letter name is hœhœ.

The /ǃ/-sound is used in important or special words. It's usually followed by an uvular phoneme or a vowel.
It is romanised as 〈q〉 and the letter name is qœq.

And the /ʔ/-sound is used between two vowels to mark a short pause, in order to split the vowels.
It is romanised as 〈ꞌ〉 (a saltillo, not an apostrophe) and the letter name is œꞌœ.
Latest 8 related articles listed below.
Ushkeem Numbers
Explanation about the numbers and number system in Ushkeem.
18-Apr-22 17:54
Ushkeem Pronouns
Table with all the pronouns in Ushkeem.
11-Apr-22 18:59
Typological information for Ushkeem

Base counting systemOctal (8)
Primary word orderSVO
Stress marked?Yes - diacritic
Primary writing systemConscript
Script typeAlphabet

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